Novice Shih Tzu owner question on top knot.

by Carol

I adopted my 3 year old Shih Tzu from the local animal Shelter earlier this year. I have named him Cloud and he is a wonderful, great hearted companion. I am growing his top hair out and put it in a top knot. Are you supposed to take his top knot out every night? He can’t see when the knot is out, but it seems more comfortable than sleeping with his hair up.

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Aug 24, 2011
by: karen

I leave them in for about a week at a time & then remove them, recomb & reapply. Hope this helps

Sep 02, 2011
leave it out and gone for good !!
by: Anonymous

Cut it off and keep him short. He will love you for it. There have been stories of their eyes actually popping out from pulling top knots to tight. Does he not bring you much love? Show him the same and keep him comfortable. We shouldn't dress our dogs up to suit ourselves. Since you are new to Shih Tzus, you will do all the bows and clothes and top knots..... it will leave your system soon and your dog can just be a dog after that are more comfortable cut down and clean. All the best :)

May 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

If you are serious about the topknot, it needs to be re-done daily. Otherwise, you'll end up with either a matted topknot (that will have to be cut off) or so much hair breakage it will look awful.

Jul 24, 2016
top knot
by: donna

I've had my 5 yr old male shihtzu since he was 9 weeks old. He loves wearing clothes, he will stand up on my legs to allow me to put a clean tee on him. If ur shihtzu likes being snuggly in clothing I see nothing wrong with it.

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